Learning2gether Episode 440
The free 3-week, open to anyone, online course on How to Create and Use a Blended Learning Classroom, created and facilitated by English Language Specialist Vance Stevens, has entered its second week, with an exploration of tools for creating digital stories. Digital Stories are ways that students can creatively express themselves in digital format using multimedia tools or a combination of many tools (or a single tool) to create a narrative for whatever purpose they are assigned or wish themselves to communicate. The tools involved in creating digital stories are of use to teachers wishing to set up blended and flipped learning classrooms.
In the first week of the course, participants were asked to explore a few tools useful in creating blended learning classrooms and then try their hand at getting just about anything about themselves up online. In the second week the task is similar but intended to provide scope for greater creativity: to apply known tools or any of dozens of other possible tools in conveying some kind of narrative and presenting its link online.
This task is one that teachers might assign students, but the purpose in having teachers do it is to have them explore and try out more tools that will help them create blended learning classrooms. Numerous tools and a rationale for using them are presented here:
The 2nd Weekly Webinar kicked off on Wednesday 26 February, 2020 at the usual time of 1400 UTC with Vance Stevens introducing the Week 2 materials on Digital Storytelling. The Webinar was held in Zoom, and you can see the recording on YouTube at https://youtu.be/cu6tk8v2olo
Jane Chien popped by talk about the course and to clarify how she should complete her Week 1 assignment, which she subsequently did by activating her blog, here, https://chienjane.com/2020/02/26/about-jane-chien/ (a.k.a https://chienjane.com/). She’s now the third person in the course to complete the week 1 mission:
Here’s a list that’s now starting to grow of others completing the first of the three weekly course missions:
I tweeted where I had uploaded the recording here:
I used the course hash tag #blended2020, and you can search Twitter for all tweets with that tag (and get the Latest; i.e. ALL posts, not just the Top ones) at this link:
Hopefully content at that tag will continue to accumulate as the course continues over the next two weeks.
(Note that searches on hash tags in Twitter will likely default to the ‘top’ or most popular tweets containing that tag, but if you are using this as part of a blended learning classroom, you will likely want to see ALL posts on your hash tag).
Sun Feb 23 Learning2gether 438 1400 UTC Vance Stevens interviews Nellie Deutsch at the CO20 Live Online Conference
Wed 26 Feb 1300 EST – Joe McVeigh hosts a free TESOL webinar on Needs Assessment for ELT Course or Curriculum Design
Joe McVeigh has invited his TESOL friends, and their your professional friends and colleagues, to join him for a free webinar on Wednesday, February 26th on the subject of Needs Assessment for ELT Course or Curriculum Design. This webinar will be offered at 8 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. EST (New York time)
You can join live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators/
or online at: eca-state.zoom.us/j/975451162
Needs Assessment for Course or Curriculum Design
A new course or curriculum should be designed based on the needs of the students. However, often teachers begin a curriculum or course design project without first stopping to carefully consider and assess the needs of the learners. In this American English Live event, we look at the process of needs assessment. We review several methods for learning what student needs are, including a menu of different needs assessment techniques and options. Then we consider how to use that information in course design, looking at basic steps and choices in development.
If joining via Facebook, try refreshing the page at the time the webinar begins.
Thu Feb 27 – Sat Feb 29 2nd Oxford English Language Teaching Online Conference 2020
What if every teacher around the world could attend the same event?
Well, you can! In 2020, take your teaching to the next level at the 2nd Oxford English Language Teaching Online Conference.
Join us for a series of webinars delivered by leading ELT experts.
- Watch a variety of sessions focused on global skills, assessment for learning, digital and vocabulary.
- Connect with experts and share your thoughts with colleagues around the world.
- Join any of the sessions and receive a certificate of attendance and exclusive ELTOC resource pack
View the “Event Lineup” flyer here:
Make sure you’re part of it. Sign up and we’ll keep you updated about event registration, speaker line up and other ways to get involved!
Watch ELTOC 2019 conference webinars here
You must be a member of the Oxford Teachers’ Club to view them.
Not a member? Don’t worry. Registration only takes a few moments and is completely free.
More into at https://oupeltglobalblog.com/